The Kalmar Quilters recently made their annual donation of about 25 handmade quilts which, this year, went to two different organizations — Sunshine for Humanity homeless shelter and the Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Inc.

In addition, the group also put together about 20 activity bags which will go to local Head Start children in Eagle River. The handmade bags are created by the quilters for students and stuffed with various games, markers, Play-Doh®, toys, flash cards, reading books, and a piece of fruit.

The group of quilters, which consists of eight regular members, supplemented with seasonal members who come and go in the warmer months, has been providing handmade quilts as donations for at least the last 10 years, and probably longer, according to group members.

The ladies donate more than 100 quilts to various charities and organizations throughout the year, which is quite impressive since each quilt clocks in at nearly 30 hours of work.

Lou and Evette Gallo donate all the long-arm quilting as well as the binding, which takes approximately 10 hours per quilt, and the ladies then can finish the quilts with their piecing, cutting and hand-stitching, which usually adds another 20 hours per quilt.

“Help from Lou and Evette  helps us go through a lot more quilts!” said Kalmar quilter Cheryl Breitenfeldt.

Although most of the quilts are gifted to area organizations, the ladies occasionally sell them at the Senior Craft Shop, located at 211 E. Wall St. in Eagle River, in order to fund the purchase of material, batting and other needed supplies.

The group meets Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon at Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River. Those interested in joining the group can stop by  the library during the hours listed above for more information or call Breitenfeldt at (920) 973-5489. All ages are welcome to join.